42nd Clearwater Jazz Holiday — October 14-17
It’s time once again for Clearwater Jazz Holiday, celebrating its 42nd edition Thursday through Sunday, October 14-17. However, first things first.
DO NOT go to Coachman Park. Well, you can go to Coachman Park, but for the first time CJH will not be there. In fact, Coachman Park isn’t there right now, either. Imagine Clearwater is in the process of erecting a 4,000-seat amphitheater on that location, the future venue of CJH and much more. This year’s CJH will be held at BayCare Ballpark, home of the Clearwater Threshers and the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
There is a variety of ticket options available: General Admission Open Seat, General Admission Standing Room Only, four-day and weekend tickets (for GA ONLY), and VIP Hospitality Table of four or two seats. Children 4 and under are FREE when accompanied by a paid adult with a General Admission Standing Room Only Ticket.
This year’s lineup is diverse and excellent, with plenty of jazz, funk, soul, brassy Americana, and contemporary swing. Let’s dive into the schedule:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14
3:30 p.m. Gates Open
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Ariella
Many know Ariella McManus from her time with Ari and the Alibis. Her silky-smooth vocals pair with the guitar stylings of Nicolaas Kraster for jazz, blues, bossa, samba, and more.
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Gumbi Ortiz & The Electrik Rendezvous
There is nobody in the Tampa Bay area with a deeper resume or greater commitment to jazz, fusion, and Latin jazz that Gumbi Ortiz. Period.
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Eric Marienthal Featuring The Silverman Brothers
The saxophonist has 16 albums to his credit in addition to his work with Chick Corea Elektric Band and The Rippingtons. His recent work has been with Michael and Rob Silverman.
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Kool & The Gang
“Summer Madness.” Enough said!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15
3:45 p.m. Gates Open
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Gloria West & The Gents “The Last Hurrah”
If you’re looking for “old school stride-swing jazz with a sultry twist,” you’ve come to the right place!
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – SPECIAL EFX ALL-STARS Featuring Chieli Minucci, Elliott Yamin, Eric Marienthal, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs, Dave Livolsi & Joel Rosenblatt
Minucci founded Special EFX, a great band that pumped out great fusion, Latin rhythms, and smooth jazz. He’s compiled an all-star cast to recreate those sounds.
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – JASON MILES PRESENTS TO GROVER WITH LOVE Featuring Jason Miles, Maya Azucena, Marion Meadows, Elan Trotman, Felicia Collins, Richie Goods & Adrian Harpham
Keyboard master Miles worked with Miles (Davis), Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller, and other heavy-hitters. He is presenting a love letter to the late Grover Washington.
9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Badass contemporary swing. Get ready to dance!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
3:00 p.m. Gates Open
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Clearwater Jazz Holiday / Ruth Eckerd Hall Youth Jazz Band
This collective is always a delight.
5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Joe Marcinek Band Featuring Taylor Galbraith, Ashley Galbraith, Tommy Shugart & Chris Sgammato
Marcinek is a diverse artist who can rock and funk, but his albums all center around jazz and jazz fusion. The Hoosier has a superb band of musicians from the Bay area who will knock your socks off.
7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Lettuce
Don’t bother putting the socks back on. Lettuce are the premier jazz funk collective who have been been headlining festivals for two decades.
9:15 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. – Gloria Gaynor
“I Will Survive” is her signature, but her career is deep, and you will enjoy a trip though her catalog.
10:45 p.m. Fireworks
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17
3:00 p.m. Gates Open
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Lemon City Trio
This is an outstanding jazz fusion keyboard trio from Miami, extremely innovative.
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Lucy Woodward
This superb English-American singer-songwriter’s diverse career includes years as a backup singer for Rod Stewart and contributing songs to half a dozen movie soundtracks. She vaulted to fame over the past decade with her work with Snarky Puppy’s Michael League and more recently a pairing with guitarist extraordinaire Charlie Hunter.
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Dustbowl Revival
Take some great Americana strings, throw in great brass, and top that off with fine vocals. What do you get? Dustbowl Revival!
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Snarky Puppy
Michael League’s creation is the definition of the modern big band. Every Snarky Puppy performance is a mind-bending experience not to be missed.